Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Justin Verlander


It's good to see someone in Michigan who isn't having any trouble with employment.  Justin Verlander just secured himself an $80 million payday, and it's an understandable decision for the Tigers.  It would have been a disaster to lose him, he's only 26 years old and and he just came in 3rd in the AL Cy Young voting.  One really good sign for the future is that he led the ML in strikeouts with 269 strikeouts last year and improved his control. 

He's always thrown hard, so one might expect that he's always been a strikeout artist, but that that wasn't the case.  He was always decent at strikeout out hitters, but he really took it to the next level in 2009.

SO/IP/BB
2006: 124 SO, 186 IP, 60 BB
2007: 183 SO, 201.2 IP, 67 BB
2008: 163 SO, 201 IP, 87 BB
2009: 269 SO, 240 IP, 63 BB

Since 1900, there have only been 15 instances of a pitcher with 269+ SO and 63 or fewer BB in a season:
Ed Walsh 1908
Sandy Koufax 1963
Denny McLain 1968
Fergie Jenkins 1970
Tom Seaver 1971
Roger Clemens 1988
John Smoltz 1996
Curt Schilling 1997-98, 2001-02
Pedro Martinez 1999-2000
Justin Verlander 2009

From that list, also with 19 wins and .679 W-L%:
Ed Walsh 1908
Sandy Koufax 1963
Denny McLain 1968
John Smoltz 1996
Pedro Martinez 1999
Curt Schilling 2001-02
Justin Verlander 2009

Verlander's final numbers last season were really good, but also misleading:

2009
35 Starts: 19-9, 3.45 ERA
1st 4 starts: 0-2, 9.00 ERA, 21 IP
Last 31 starts: 19-7, 2.92 ERA, 219 IP

9 comments:

  1. ...with him about to start his age 27 season, they're getting him locked down through his peak years.

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